The Role of the Dental Hygienist

The Important Role of the Dental Hygienist

From time to time, our teeth may need some dental treatment however carefully we consider that we look after them at home. Even regular brushing and flossing may not entirely prevent the need for the odd filling here and there, though it will certainly dramatically reduce the number needed.

To help you avoid even these occasional fillings, at 39 Harley Street, we offer the services of a dental hygienist.

You may feel that if you look after your teeth correctly, there should be no need to employ the services of a dental hygienist but the reality is that even with the best of intentions it is nearly impossible to maintain perfect health of your teeth. Build up of plaque for example, tends to happen in those areas that are very difficult to clean effectively and this is where a dental hygienist can help. By removing the plaque from these areas, not only does it improve the look of your teeth but will also greatly reduce the likelihood of decay and therefore avoiding the need for a filling or even extraction.

As well as cleaning and scaling your teeth, many hygienists are qualified to administer anaesthetic and take x rays. However, the vast majority of their work focuses on administering and advising on oral health care.

Whilst the job of dental hygienist is not as specialised as a cosmetic dentist, to qualify, a person must receive a diploma in dental hygiene which takes over two years to complete. They also have to be screened for certain blood diseases and have to receive a Hepatitis B immunisation in order to be allowed to treat patients.

Whilst this may seem a lengthy process simply to clean a few teeth, it does indicate the importance given to it by the medical profession and a recognition of the importance of the role in maintaining good oral hygiene. The dental hygienist’s role is critical in reducing the factors that may lead to fillings or more importantly, those more serious oral health problems further down the line which may lead to a need for dental implants or root canal surgery for instance.

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